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Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch (D40)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Nf3 c5

Number of games in database: 575
Years covered: 1834 to 2019
Overall record:
   White wins 37.0%
   Black wins 21.2%
   Draws 41.7%

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Georg Salwe  9 games
David Janowski  6 games
Showalter  4 games
Ju Wenjun  6 games
Romain Edouard  6 games
Paul Keres  6 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937
E Eliskases vs F Hoelzl, 1929
Euwe vs Alekhine, 1937
Fine vs M Yudovich Sr., 1937
Burn vs Lasker, 1895
Tarrasch vs Nimzowitsch, 1910
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 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 575  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais 1-0491834London m3 ;HCL 18D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
2. E Williams vs H Kennedy 0-1311846London mD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. Harrwitz vs Loewenthal ½-½641853Harrwitz - Loewenthal mD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
4. Burn vs A van Foreest 1-0481889AmsterdamD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
5. Showalter vs H Helms  1-0411895Brooklyn CC chD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. Steinitz vs Lipschutz  ½-½671897Thousand Islands playoffD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
7. Schlechter vs Janowski 1-030189811th DSB Kongress, CologneD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
8. Showalter vs Janowski  ½-½441898Janowski - Showalter Match 1D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. Showalter vs Janowski  ½-½461898Janowski - Showalter Match 1D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
10. Showalter vs Janowski  1-0391898Janowski - Showalter Match 1D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
11. Lasker vs J Mieses 1-0291900ParisD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
12. Burn vs Lasker 0-1441900ParisD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
13. Showalter vs G Marco 0-1461900ParisD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
14. Burn vs J Mason ½-½761900ParisD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
15. J N Berger vs Burn 0-1501900MunichD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
16. D Bleijkmans vs Loman  0-1271902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
17. J Mason vs Schlechter  0-1451902Monte CarloD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. Pillsbury vs J Mieses ½-½49190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. Von Bardeleben vs J Mieses 0-157190213th DSB Kongress (Hanover)D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
20. Janowski vs Marshall 0-1431905Janowski - Marshall, Match 2D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
21. Janowski vs Maroczy 0-1751905OstendD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
22. Janowski vs Marshall 1-0551905OstendD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
23. R K Kieseritsky vs W Kunze 1-0251905Barmen Main A, GERD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
24. Moewig vs Gajdos  ½-½401905Barmen Main A, GERD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
25. Thomas J Kelly vs Charles Henry Wallwork  1-0361905BCF-ch 2nd First Class BD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-11-03  Kenkaku: This opening seems to have really declined. Does anyone know the reason for this?
Mar-29-04  Kenkaku: I've taken to playing this system recently, and found it to be quite solid. It lacks the isolated pawn weakness of the Tarrasch, and generally gives black a relatively favorable pawn structure (at least in my opinion), as well as often laying the burden of an isolated pawn on white.
Nov-09-04  sandyobrien: tal has neither won nor lost a game with this opening, he's drawn 7.
Nov-09-04  acirce: <sandyobrien> Tal has both won and lost several times with this line. Lost against Larsen, Petrosian, Polugayevsky, Korchnoi; won against Korchnoi, Romanishin etc..
Nov-09-04  sandyobrien: <acirce>excuse me, i forgot to mention that he was playing as black each time. according to the database
Nov-09-04  acirce: <sandyobrien> This database is very incomplete, although it probably doesn't lack too many of Tal's games. More than that though, it DOES include games like Larsen vs Tal, 1969 which he lost as Black -- I don't know why it doesn't turn up if you click the link under "practitioners", something with move order?
May-09-09  nummerzwei: I've recently worked out a little chess quiz question:

If White begins the game with 1.d4,
how many reasonable
(i.e. excluding, for example, those starting with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6) move orders are there to reach the D40 starting position?

Jul-29-10  rapidcitychess: <Kenaku> The Semi Tarrasch (or the "trash" opening I call them!) didn't go into decline. The QGD went in to decline, due to the Slavic uprising.
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Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♘f6 4.♘f3 c5

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